Your hallway is the the first thing to greet you when you open the front door of your home and the last thing you see when you leave. It is also that all-important first impression for guests and visitors. In many ways it’s the very heartbeat of your home – it links the upstairs with the down, the front with the back and the outside with the inside. And, perhaps most crucially, it’s your home’s welcome to the world. So don’t make the mistake of viewing your hallway with indifference– instead, do your best to make it the warm, inviting space that it should be!

For this reason, it is important to select a colour scheme for your hall, stairs and landing that is evocative of warmth and familiarity. Hallways can have a tendency to be small, narrow areas, often without much natural light, so if this is the case, it’s a good idea to aim for a bright, airy feel whilst keeping it stylishly simple. Neutral tones help to achieve this kind of luminous ambiance, but don’t be fooled into thinking that neutrals in any way limit you to a palette of creams and fauns. Duck egg blues and sage greens can still be classified as neutral colours, yet they manage to inject a little personality and life whilst maintaining that soothing air. Pastel shades can also work wonderfully in a hallway, adding a mild, summery glow to walls and creating a subtly uplifting feel. But whatever you choose, whether rich and bold or pale and refined, just remember to give your hallway an opportunity to reflect the true style and feel of your family and lifestyle.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect colour for your hallway, it’s important that you select the right type of paint. Hallways, stairs and landings are high traffic areas within the home and therefore require particularly durable emulsion. With children running up and down stairs and pets brushing past, marks and stains on your interior walls can become an inevitable part of life. The Crown ‘Hall and Stairs Matt Colours’ range has been specially formulated to endure the challenges of family life in what is perhaps one of the busiest areas of the home. This paint is in fact twenty times more ‘scrubbable’ than standard matt emulsions, meaning you can confidently wipe away smudges and smears time and time again. With hallways and stairways being amongst some of the trickiest areas in the home to decorate, it’s a relief to know that this specialised paint will keep your home looking fresher for longer.